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Grand Canyon – Trail of time

In all my travels throughout the U.S. and outside it, I’ve never seen anything as beautiful as the Grand Canyon. My favorite national park may always be Yellowstone because of the diversity that’s contained in one park (it even has the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone) but for pure beauty there’s nothing that compares to Grand Canyon National Park. This park is located approximately 90 minutes north of Flagstaff, AZ and whatever time you have to spend there is well worth it. There are many trails that intersect and even go down into the canyon. This hike is an easier one as it’s on flat pavement and the Park service has added shuttle pick up points all around it.

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The hike began at Kolb Studio and we traveled approximately 3.5 miles to Maher point and the visitor’s center there. The most amazing thing that I’ve learned about the canyon is the light affects it more than any other natural beauty I’ve seen. You can go to the point at different times of the day and it will look completely different.

The trail is also known as the “rim trail” and this trail runs along most of the south rim of the canyon. The trail of time is only .7 miles of the 3.5 miles we covered and it’s called the trail of time because they take you through the geological formations of the canyon.

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In many places along the way you can look across the canyon and see the formation or type of rock they are talking about.

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The trail, the way we walked takes you from the youngest rock “Kaibab Limestone” (only 270 million years old) to the oldest “Elves Chasm Gneiss” a mere 1,840 million years ago.

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The walk is punctuated by incredible views and often you are standing, or can stand, right on the edge of the canyon.

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There are plenty of places to stop along the way, one of our favorites was the geology museum at Yavapai Point.

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After spending time in the museum and getting refreshed with some water, the trail continues for only .7 more miles.

The views you can see each step of the way will take your breath away and although this is an easy hike I would give yourself at least 4 hours to complete it.

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You can easy spend one whole day just meandering down this trail and taking in the sites.

If you want to know more about this or any other hike I’ve been on feel free to contact me – Bill 🙂

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Written by Bill Bruner

Bill Bruner has loved the outdoors since he was a child in Cub Scouts. He has hiked all over the US & parts of England. He believes that getting as close as you can to nature fills your soul more than anything else you can do. He has lived in 7 states & just recently bought a house in the mountains of Colorado. In his professional life he has been a loan officer, a bartender, a professional actor & for the past 16 years a tax accountant. He hopes to bring you engaging articles about hikes throughout the US. He’s married to Heidi & has three girls Carrie, Samantha & Andrea & has two Australian cattle dogs, Sydney & Ki Ki.

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  1. Wonderful Photos Of the Grand Canyon Bill. We are flying to Phoenix, renting a car and driving to the Canyon on the 31st of January 2015 , short trip flying back to Alberta Canada on the 5th of Feb. 2015. Packing a new canon 70D , will take some video along the way. That coat you have on concerns me … Will we need to bring warm coats ? Any advice for frist time visitors ? Thanks………… Mary & George Thomas

    • Hi Mary,

      Just so you know it’s approximately a 4 hour drive from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon & yes it can be fairly cold in the winter at the top of the canyon. Normal temperatures are in the 50’s F but they can be in the high 20’s to low 30’s. In fact on occasion there’s snow at the canyon. I believe the had some just a couple of weeks ago,

      Hope this helps,

      Bill

  2. Ken, I hope you do make it someday. It’s amazing place to see & pictures will never due it the justice it deserves. If you decided to come this way, let meknow & I’ll help you plan if you’d like.

    Bill

  3. Great write up and terrific pics Bill. The US is definitely on my long list of places to go. Would love to get some pics of the Grand Canyon.

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